Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
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Sources: 27" iMac with 5K Retina display, 4GHz quad-core engine with 4.4GHz turbo boost, 3TB Fusion Drive, 16GB SDRAM, OSX Yosemite, PureMusic 3.01, Tidal & Qobuz lossless streaming, COS Engineering D1 & H1, AURALiC Vega, Aqua Hifi Formula, Fore Audio DAISy 1
Preamplifier: Nagra Jazz, Wyred4Sound STP-SE MkII, Vinnie Rossi LIO (AVC module), COS Engineering D1
Power & integrated amplifiers: Pass Labs XA30.8; FirstWatt SIT1, F5, F6, F7; Bakoon AMP-12R; Crayon Audio CFA-1.2; Goldmund Job 225; Aura Note Premier; Wyred4Sound mINT; Nord Acoustics One SE Up NC500MB monos; LinnenberG Audio Liszt monos
Loudspeakers: Audio Physic Codex; EnigmAcoustics Mythology 1; Boenicke Audio W5se; Zu Audio Druid V & Submission; German Physiks HRS-120; Eversound Essence; Zu Druid VI [on review]; Qln Signature 3 [on review]
Cables: Complete loom of Zu Event; KingRex uArt, Zu and LightHarmonic LightSpeed double-header USB cables; Tombo Trøn S/PDIF; van den Hul AES/EBU; AudioQuest Diamond glass-fibre Toslink; Black Cat Cable redlevel Lupo; Ocellia OCC Silver; Allnic Audio ZL Cable loom [on review]
Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all components, Titan Audio Eros cords on conditioners and amp/s
Equipment rack: Artesania Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc Krion and glass amp stands [on loan]
Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators
Room: 4 x 6m with high gabled beam ceiling opening into 4 x 8m kitchen and 5 x 8m living room, hence no wall behind the listening chairs
Review component retail: €3'300 - €3'700/pr depending on finish

Come on everybody clap your hands / now you're looking good / I'm gonna sing my song and you won't take long / we gotta do the twist and it goes like this:
Come on let's twist again like we did last summer / yeah let's twist again like we did last year...

Luis DImas didn't have Davone's latest speaker in mind but it is called the Twist and it does make music. So there. Being Danish, the twisty bits have to do with its thermo-formed wooden cheeks and baffle. Regular Ikea shoppers know well this Scandinavian penchant for bending Ply into wavy shapes from their signature Poang chair at right. Of course that's a low-cost (very high volume!) bit of furniture which only parks your behind whilst giving just a bit like a minimum rocker. The Twist is a rather higher-cost (muchos lower volume!) bit of very classy furniture which you won't ever sit on and which has zero give. But it sings to you very sweetly; or should growl at you if that's the kind of singer you cue up. But that wouldn't be a singer but growler, wouldn't it? The furniture connection is no writerly liberty for a smooth entry. It's very real. It strategically leaves its two drivers exposed so they go on not behind the usual grill cloth. "Say what?" Give it a quick think. Now the cloth needn't be acoustically transparent. "Isn't that really backward?" Not if it now can be anything you fancy, including matching the exact fabric texture and colour of your favourite couch. Like in, sending the actual fabric over to Denmark for that custom upholstery job if need be and want wants. Really! "Okay, that's actual clever" you finally give in. Bravo. Now you and the Twist are on the same page. Twisted!

Actually, invoking Ikea was a bit backwards of me. I got carried away a bit. The Eames lounger at left would have been more like. The only thing backward about the Twist is its rearfiring port. That gives the 7" fiber-blend mid/woofer added support down low to properly counterbalance the reach of the 1" anodized aluminium tweeter at the high end. By going with a steep 4th-order 24dB/oct. filter, designer Paul Schenkel meant to drive down the crossover point "which gives a very clear and open upper midrange without ever becoming aggressive". And as a two-way, the all-important midrange suffers no second filter as our average 3-way does. That must separate its central driver from the dedicated bass unit with a so-called high-pass. Most agree that fewer filters are better.

If you've been hip to the stylish Davone catalogue already, you'll want to know that this new model replaces the older Riva. If you hadn't heard of Davone before—they've been making speakers since 2007 and I reviewed their maiden Rithm in April 2009—that'll tell you nothing. So let's move right along. Davone boss Paul Schenkel is "an aeronautical engineer with a masters degree in physics, a background in acoustics and a deep passion for great industrial design". Better than anything else, the mere mention of these four disciplines explains all the important design influences which pooled into the Twist. For the rest, we must lend our ears. As Davone promise, their speakers sound as good as they look. Where old-timey audiophiles reading small-format paper magazines claimed immunity to looks which landed them in the basement man cave and turned audio into a lone-wolf pursuit, to modern buyers appearance is part of the performance equation. If it looks bad, that's a discipline where it doesn't perform. Why settle for half-assed if other options give you the complete package? To get twisty will likely mean that you've outgrown the Ikea phase and are prepared to allocate greater funds to individual purchases.